Holy Name of Jesus students led the way this year in Catholic Math League, where several placed high both in the school’s division and nationally.
Catholic Math League is an individual and team competition, in which the school has competed since 2013. This year 50 students represented the school in third through sixth grades.
The third graders placed third of 61 teams nationwide and were first place in the division. The fourth graders were second of 81 teams nationwide and also placed first in their division. Nationwide the fifth graders placed 14th of 102 teams and the sixth graders placed 15th of 101 teams respectively.
In third grade Noah Boro was second nationwide and first in division and Noah Melsen was fourth in the nation and second in division. The two and Audrey Broglio had scores in the division’s top 10.
Fourth grade had five students rank in the top 10 in the division: Colton Hilger was second in the nation, first in the division, Sam Mohs was third in the nation, second in the division, Mike Aamoth, Patrick McDonald and Henry Scroggins.
In fifth grade Evelyn Nelson was 12th of 1500 students nationwide and third in the division.
In sixth grade Andrew Walters eighth of 1500 students nationwide and fourth in the division.
Students take four timed tests throughout the year and must complete 25 word problems that require a solid understanding of concepts including percentages, rates, geometry and patterns.
“The students need to have a solid understanding of the concepts, so it’s an opportunity for their natural talent and ability to shine through,” said Lenise Best, the math enrichment specialist at Holy Name of Jesus. “It’s an extracurricular opportunity for kids who love math to get as much recognition as the kids who are in sports.”